LaRusso lifts Elmira to second-half surge

ELMIRA, N.Y. — The Elmira College men's lacrosse team tallied 12 goals in the second half of Wednesday's Empire 8 Conference tilt against Houghton College to break a halftime stalemate and earn its first victory of the season, winning 16-5. Leading the late charge was senior Anthony LaRusso of North Conway, who had a career day with six second-half goals and a career-high seven points. For his effort, LaRusso was named the Elmira College Male Athlete of the Week.

On hand to watch the game were Anthony's parents, Andrea and Steve LaRusso.

The two sides played an evenly-matched 30 minutes to begin the game, as the Soaring Eagles and Highlanders both netted a pair of goals in each quarter, entering the halftime intermission knotted at 4-all. However, in the second half, EC outshot its conference counterpart (26-to-8), gather more ground balls (31-to-12), won the battle at the X (10-to-5), and was perfect on clears.

Elmira needed only 1:08 in the second half to break the tie. On EC's first possession of the half following a Houghton turnover, Colby Runk '18 raced down the field to successfully clear the ball, before dishing it off to Nevin Olney '18, who buried his fourth goal of the game passed Highlander goalie Jorge Medina.

That goal sparked the beginning of a dominate 9-0 run for the Soaring Eagles, one that bridged the third and fourth quarters, putting the game out of reach for good. Following Olney's tiebreaker, third-year midfielder Jacob Magnoli '18 brought the Elmira faithful to their feet with back-to-back goals, the first two tallies of his collegiate career.

LaRusso single-handedly turned the game into a rout from there. The senior registered all of his game- and career-high six goals in the final 15:16 of action, beginning with consecutive scores a mere 12 seconds apart to cap off the third quarter. After LaRusso posted his first goal with just 16 ticks left in the period, Kevin Schutt '19 secured the ground ball just outside the offensive zone on the ensuing faceoff, and the second-year long-stick middie quickly dumped it over the top of the Houghton defenders to LaRusso. The fourth-year attacker hauled in the pass and beat Medina low, increasing the lead to 9-4.

LaRusso is tied for the team lead in both goals (10) and points (12) on the season.

Just over a minute into the fourth, Wyatt Katsos '17 ripped a bullet of a shot from the left slot to give the Soaring Eagles a six-goal cushion. LaRusso then light up the scoreboard with a natural hat trick, scoring three in a row in a span of 3:04. The senior duo connected for EC's 12th goal, as Katsos fed LaRusso in the slot and the pride of North Conway, New Hampshire, deked out Medina on the doorstep of the crease.

Head Coach Preston Chapman on what fueled his team's offensive success in the second half: "They were sharing the ball and making the extra pass, and we shot the ball much better in the second half. Anthony LaRusso, in particular, answered the challenge that we gave him at halftime and stepped up."

Seven points are the most by a Soaring Eagle in a single game since David Evert '14 and Brady Richards '14 notched eight and seven, respectively, against Alfred State on April 26, 2014.

Last season, LaRusso paced the Purple and Gold with 11 assists, a single-season career high, and was tied for third on the team with 19 points.

Houghton's Cole Chapman finally snapped the Highlanders' nearly 30-minute long scoreless drought to reduce the deficit to 13-5.

In the final seven-and-a-half minutes, Elmira received three more goals, one each from LaRusso, Joe Greene '17, and Sal Magliocco '17, with the latter marking the first of Magliocco's lacrosse career.

LaRusso is an Economics and Business Administration double-major with a concentration in Finance.

 

Lastra named NE-10 Rookie of the Week

EASTON, Mass. — Stonehill College women's track and field freshman Anna Lastra (Bridgton, Maine/Fryeburg Academy) has been named the Northeast-10 Conference's Track Rookie of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday.

Lastra opened up with her first collegiate indoor track and field meet on Saturday, January 14 at the Beantown Challenge, hosted by Harvard University. The freshman posted a personal best time of 5:10.95 in the mile run finishing eighth in the 20 runner event. The Bridgton, Maine native finished behind seven Division I institutions including UMass Lowell, Harvard, UMass Amherst, Northeastern, and Rutgers. This was also the third best time in the NE10 this past weekend.

Stonehill competes at the URI Sorlein Invitational next on Saturday, January 21 with an 11:00 a.m. start time at the Mackal Fieldhouse in Kingston, Rhode Island.

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Sares to launch assault on powerlifting records in 2017

CONWAY — North Conway's Ted Sares has uplifting plan for 2017. If all goes well in training and whatever injuries he incurs are not too serious, Sares has his sights sets on some major powerlifting accomplishments.

When asked if he expected injuries, he replied, "Unfortunately I do. Sprains, strains, and attendant pain come with the territory, not to mention arthritis in my case."

Speaking of pain, in January, Sares tuned up by competing in a Strong Man Contest in Boston, where he did well enough in the Hex Bar deadlift, Buffalo squat and cheat curl to get a trophy. He also tried his hand on the brutal sled pull and was able to pull 550 pounds but was unable to push it.

His first planned event will be April 1 at the Elite Powerlifting Federation's Tri-State Championships at the legendary Galaxy Gym in Moutonboro. He then competes in his fourth consecutive EPF Nationals in Johnston, R.I., on April 29, and hopes to break his own EPF squat record at this well-attended event with competitors from all over the country.

Shares said he will rest in May, June and July. On Aug. 22, he strays a bit and will do the shot put at the N.H. Senior Games in Manchester. This will be his first competition of any kind as an octogenarian. He has competed before in these Games but by his own admission, did not do well. He said that won't happen this time.

In the fall, Sares plans to participate in his third straight Hayward Memorial in Fair Haven, Vt. Sanctioned by the Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate, he hopes to break two world records, keeping in mind that this will be his first post-80 lifting event.

Sares bookends the year at the hard-core "Beasts from the East" EPF Tournament at the Heavy Metal Gym in Gilford, in which some of the best lifters in the Northeast will compete, including a team from Galaxy Gym.

Sares will share his journey from struggle with physical health to becoming strong and taking control of his mind and body when he does a powerlifting chat at the Ham Room at the Conway Public Library on March 22 (6 p.m.). He learned that with the right support anyone can achieve their fitness goals. Healthy snacks will be provided.

Let the assault begin.

 

Doherty anchors U.S. relay team to 12th

RUHPOLDING, Germany — The fifth BMW IBU World Cup of the season got underway Wednesday in Ruhpolding with the men's 4x7.5-kilometer relay highlighting the first day of the five-day event. The U.S. team of Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.), Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway) placed 12th in the 25-team field, finishing two minutes, 4.6 seconds back with one penalty and seven spares.

The Norwegian quartet of Ole Einar Bjoerdalen, Vetle Sjastad Christiansen, Henrik L'Abee-lund and Emil Hegle Svendsen won the men's relay with five spare rounds in 1:13:40 for their third consecutive relay victory in Ruhpolding.

Russia finished second with two spares, 5.1 seconds back, while the home team, Germany, grabbed the final spot on the podium, with one penalty and nine spares, 17.9 seconds behind.

The final leg was a neck-and-neck battle between the North American teams. Doherty needed one extra shot in both prone and standing and was just nipped by 0.2 seconds at the finish line by the Canadian team for 11th place.

"I am very happy with the race today," Doherty said. "It is a big step in the right direction. I am excited to be getting into race shape and looking forward to the sprint."

"With Sean and I just now getting the first races under our belts, I think we can expect more from the next relay,” said Nordgren.

Competition at the BMW IBU World Cup 5 continues Thursday with the women's 4x6K relay featuring the American team of Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Joanne Reid (Boulder, Colo.) and Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge, N.Y.). Live streaming coverage begins at 8:30 a.m. EST on eurovisionsports.tv/ibu/.